Originally Posted by Edd Roush
Walt has said that he plans on using Brackman in the bullpen. Sorry, I don't have time to find the quote, I'm sure if you dug through the Brackman signing thread in the ORG you could find the quote.
This. But, things happen. Fact is, the Reds are thin in the starting pitching department. If the situation comes up this year and Brackman has been showing off solid control, maybe he gets the spot start. And does well. Things could then change.
With Crabbe, he simply doesn't have three pitches at this point and has been a professional for several seasons now, meaning his chances of finding a workable third pitch are getting less and less with each game he throws. The Reds had him working out of the bullpen at times this season. That tells you that even they weren't sure he was going to work as a starter and find that third pitch.
Now, I am sure someone will say "well they probably feel that way with Brackman since he is said to be in the bullpen". Sure, I can see where you are coming from, but unlike Crabbe, he does have the pitches to actually start right now.